Given the way former President Donald Trump’s tenure in office concluded, and especially in light of the Capitol riot on Jan. 6 as Vice President Mike Pence oversaw the certification of the Electoral College results, it certainly seemed that there was some bad blood between the political pairing.
However, following a meeting Pence held Tuesday with members of the House Republican Study Committee, word emerged that the former president and vice president are actually on good terms, the New York Post reported.
Word of the positive development came from Republican Study Committee chair, Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), who attended the meeting at Pence’s new Virginia office along with other top House Republicans to discuss the GOP’s plans for the next few years.
Pence and Trump said to still get along
The Indiana congressman said Pence told the attendees that he and Trump still had a “strong relationship” and, according to Banks’ takeaway from the conversation, that the “rapport” between the former president and his VP was as solid as it had ever been.
“Mike Pence is a statesman, he’s an optimist, and he’s a unifier. That’s what makes him unique in our moment and that’s why I think he’s, he’ll have a powerful moment in the future,” Banks said after the meeting, adding that he envisioned Pence as the ideal candidate to unify the disparate wings of the Republican Party.
According to Banks, Pence spoke highly of Trump both personally and in terms of the accomplishments of the administration, something the former vice president intends to become more vocal about in the coming months.
It was further noted that Pence “harbors no ill-will” toward Trump and that the incident at the Capitol and its aftermath “never came up” in the discussion.
“He spoke very favorably about his relationship with President Trump,” the congressman reportedly told CNN. “I got the sense they speak often and maintain the same personal friendship and relationship now that they have for four years.”
An “amicable” relationship
The day before the House Republican Study committee meeting, CNN reported that, according to an unnamed “knowledgeable source,” Pence and Trump had spoken together on the phone at least twice since the inauguration and that their relationship was “amicable.”
The source reportedly did not provide any additional details on the content or duration of the phone calls, save for noting that each individual had initiated one of the calls to the other.
Whether these reports are accurate or merely a reflection of wishful thinking — or even calculated remarks to set a narrative — is something that remains to be seen in the weeks and months to come.
We may, however, get a clue in the coming days when Trump delivers a keynote speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, an event that Pence will not be attending this year.